Ms. Kristin Beller

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Ms. Kristin Beller

Welcome to Joyner! We have a wonderful school community and are happy that your family is joining it! 

I was born and raised here in Raleigh and feel lucky to have grown up in Wake County Public Schools. I graduated from Appalachian State University with my Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and later returned to school to earn my Master’s degree in Reading Instruction from N.C. State University. I started teaching in Wake County in 2004 and have taught kindergarten, fourth grade, and literacy intervention. There are so many reasons I enjoy teaching kindergarten, but one of them is that I love watching young learners realize their own abilities and strengths as they discover they are readers, writers, scientists and leaders. 

Raleigh has always been a special place to me because of our commitment, as a community, to providing great public schools for our children and their families. I believe that our commitment to building a strong public school system for our children provides us with a foundation for the community we all need to truly thrive. As a native of Raleigh, I also love living in the Piedmont because I don’t have to choose between our beautiful beaches and mountains!

Ms. Elaine Westarp

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Ms. Elaine Westarp

 

Now in my sixth year as a teacher assistant at Joyner, I especially enjoy working with kindergarteners. Their minds are wide open, their energy boundless. 

This year, I'll again be working in the classroom with kindergarten teacher Kristin Beller.


Originally from New Jersey, I came south and studied at UNC-Chapel Hill, graduating with a BA in Political Science. I then worked for 20 years at newspapers in Charlotte and Raleigh as a reporter and columnist.  My husband, Todd Cohen, and I have two grown sons.  

Working at Joyner allows me to indulge my two favorite hobbies – photography and gardening. During the school year, I love photographing students at work and at play, and sharing those pictures with parents. During summer break, I spend most days elbow-deep in garden dirt.